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Palliative Care (Definition)

Palliative care is a field of medicine relating to the alleviation of pain, especially in ...Read more


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Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

The time to: Shift from exclusive focus on cure, to acceptance that cure is not possible, time to focus on quality, comfort and care is difficult for many. Today, evidence is pointing toward integrating comfort measures for pain, nausea, fatigue and sleep early during "cure care". Amazingly, people treated this way live longer, and more comfortably. It's what i would want! ...Read more

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Can doctors of nursing practice prescribe medications?

Can doctors of nursing practice prescribe medications?

Nurse practitioners: Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can prescribe in many states under the "'umbrella" of a physician . Check with your individual state regulations. ...Read more

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Can respiratory medicines be used for surgical intervention?

Can respiratory medicines be used for surgical intervention?

Not sure: I understand the question.. can you re submit with more details? ...Read more

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Home come narcotics are sometimes used in combination with non-narcotic analgesics?

Home come narcotics are sometimes used in combination with non-narcotic analgesics?

Analgesics : Often used in combination work better then individually chemically because they work at different levels to interfere with pain ...Read more

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What types of measures can we employ as health care administrators to alleviate the misdistribution of pcps?

What types of measures can we employ as health care administrators to alleviate the misdistribution of pcps?

See details: You can stop underpaying them and loading them up with administrative responsibilities. You should also stop trying to force them to see 40 patients a day if you employ them. As a rheumatologist, it does not surprise me that fewer and fewer medical school grads choose primary care, especially with an average education debt approaching 200k. ...Read more

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Is palliative care only used for terminal patients or is it sometimes used to alleviate pain in.crtitical patients who are not necessarily terminal?

Is palliative care only used for terminal patients  or is it sometimes used to alleviate pain  in.crtitical patients who are not necessarily terminal?

Anyone: They are professional managers of symptoms. This means if you are in a car accident at 25, you could visit a palliative doc for management of chronic pain associated. They provide recommendations not just for pain but also anything that can be treated to make someone feel better. Hospice pice is for patients with an estimated life-expectancy of 6 months or less. Sometimes they are the same doc ...Read more

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A patient on chronic mao inhibitor's given sublingual nifedipine for hypertensive emergencies (never used in medicine!). Opinions?

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A patient on chronic mao inhibitor's given sublingual nifedipine for hypertensive emergencies (never used in medicine!). Opinions?

Procardia/MAOi's: Both can have additive effects on lowering blood pressure, leading to dizziness, headaches, lightheadedness & fainting. This mostly happens at start of tx or when dose increased. ...Read more

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Who makes purchasing decisions for pain management products in surgery, such as fentanyl patches? Anesthesiologist, hospital pharmacy dept, other?

Who makes purchasing decisions for pain management products in surgery, such as fentanyl patches? Anesthesiologist, hospital pharmacy dept, other?

The medications : used during surgery and in recovery are requested by anesthesiologists with input from pharmacy as to costs and availability. ...Read more

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Explain palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Explain  palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Both ease symptoms!: Pallative care in a hospital is often delivered by a consulting team of clinicians, or in a specialized inpatient unit. Patients at any stage of illness can be helped by palliative care. Hospice is one form of palliative care that usually is delivered at home by a team of specialists, focused on the very last phase of life. ...Read more

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Are the treatments of natural medication supporting doctors as effective as other doctors?

Are the treatments of natural medication supporting doctors as effective as other doctors?

Unknown.: Natural remedies can be marketed without any testing to see if they work or not, and most have not been tested properly. The few exceptions such as melatonin have become part of regular medicine. ...Read more

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Can phytoestrogens be safely used as a holistic option for fibroid treatment for someone in their 20s? And are topical as effective as oral supplement

Can phytoestrogens be safely used as a holistic option for fibroid treatment for someone in their 20s? And are topical as effective as oral supplement

No: Fibroids occur due to excess estrogen levels. The last thing you want is to increase your estrogen levels with an exogenous source. ...Read more

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Can untested drugs be used on terminally ill patients as a last resort?

Depends on age: It depends on age and overall health of the patient. Life is mortal. Learn to accept death with dignity ...Read more

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A prescription, such as Zofran, (ondansetron) is commonly used for chemo and post surgical operations. Are they for use by the general population most times?

A prescription, such as Zofran, (ondansetron) is commonly used  for chemo and post surgical operations. Are they for use by the general population most times?

Zofran (ondansetron): Zofran (ondansetron) is a popular medication for nausea, by prescription, used for a variety of conditions. For me as a doctor, it is my #1 nausea medication, especially the orally dissolving tablet (ODT). ...Read more

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Which interventions are considered the best in bedsore nursing care?

Which interventions are considered the best in bedsore nursing care?

Team approach: Turning the patient every 2 hours like clockwork, and getting the pressure off the wound is step 1. Good nutrition, and proper wound care is next. Make sure the wound is not constantly soiled with urine or feces. Get a wound care team involved. ...Read more

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Can hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

Can  hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

It depends...: It depends on the hospital course. If the person was admitted for a condition and treated but worsened during the hospitalization to the point that death was imminent, comfort care or hospice care may occur in the hospital. However, most hospitals will try and transfer people home or to a skilled nursing facility with hospice care if the person has a little longer to live. ...Read more

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What are the nutritional care given to icu patients or critically ill?

What are the nutritional care given to  icu patients  or critically ill?

Depends: Many people have a multitude of reasons for being in the intensive care ward. Some of these patients have restricted diets to comply with doctors orders for the specific disease or problem for that patient. So, the answer lies in the problem for which they were admitted to the hospital. Low sodium or low fat diets are frequently prescribed. Sometimes a liquid diet, and prior to surgery, nothing. ...Read more

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How is palliative care done in a hospice setting?

How is palliative care done in a hospice setting?

Hospice: Well, you may just need a palliative approach to care; comfort over cure. Hospice is palliative care in the last months of life. Discuss with your physician about working on your comfort or find a physician who is hospice and palliatively board-certified. It is unfortunate that cms has sort of defined hospice meaning palliative care for the last six months of life, but this is only an estimate. ...Read more

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Are emergency room and general practice doctors qualified to prescribe psychiatric medications?

Are  emergency room and general practice doctors qualified to prescribe psychiatric medications?

Variable training: Any licensed physician may prescribe psychiatric medications -- but training and experience in diagnosing, selecting medications for specific patients, and managing side effects, varies. People often receive medicines initially from their pcp's, but if treatment gets difficult, they refer. Psychiatrists take 4-year residencies to develop expertise; many also do additional fellowship training. ...Read more

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Palliative (Definition)

Palliative care is treatment focused on reducing the suffering of an individual rather than ...Read more